Male Pattern Hair Loss (MPHL) or Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) is the most common hair loss in men. It can be because of so many reason including genes and sex hormones. About two out of three men experience H.L by age of 50 or 60. women also experience female-pattern hair loss (FPHL) but that rarely happens, and it happens mostly cause of pregnancy. Baldness occurs when the follicle shrinks over time, resulting in shorter and finer hair. However, the follicles remain alive, which suggests that it is still possible to grow new hair. It is believed that MPB happens due to a combination of genetics and the male hormone dihydro-testosterone.
Signs and symptoms Of Male Pattern Hair Loss
Male Pattern Hair Loss begins at the hairline. This line gradually moves backward and forms an “M” shape. As it progresses, a rim of hair at the sides and rear of the head remains and rarely progresses to complete baldness. Classic male pattern baldness is usually diagnosed based on the appearance and pattern of the hair loss. Hair loss may be due to many health conditions, a rash, redness, pain, peeling of the scalp, hair breakage, patchy hair loss, or an unusual pattern of hair loss accompanies the hair loss. So, you will need a skin biopsy, blood tests, or other procedures to diagnose the disorders that cause it. However, the most common reasons that cause men to lose their hair are the male sex hormone called androgen- it has many functions including regulating hair growth, or having a family history of baldness. Inherited male pattern baldness usually has no medical ill effects. However, sometimes baldness has more serious causes, such as certain cancers, medications, thyroid conditions, and anabolic steroids. So, if hair loss occurs after taking new medicines, it is recommended to see your doctor, specially if it was accompanied by other health complaints.
Treating male pattern hair loss is not necessary if you are comfortable with your appearance. Hair weaving, hairpieces, or change of hairstyle may disguise the hair loss.
There are medicines that treat MPHL:
Minoxidil (Rogaine) is a topical medication applied to the scalp. It slows hair loss for some men and stimulates the hair follicles to grow new hair. However, it takes four months to one year to see results, and it may cause some serious side effects such as; weight gain, swelling of the face, hands, ankles, or abdomen, trouble breathing when lying down, rapid heartbeat, chest pain, labored respiration. You should visit the doctor immediately if you experience any of these effects. If you weren’t a fan of minoxidil medicine, there are many compounds in the market. Before 2010, minoxidil was considered the most popular hair loss product. Then, organic hair loss shampoos came out. Some of them are even more effective than minoxidil, specially in treating hair loss in women. view our List of hair loss shampoos and other products.
Finasteride (Propecia, Proscar)
Is an oral medication that slows hair loss in some men. It interferes with the production of a highly active form of testosterone that is linked to baldness. Hair loss returns when you stop using this medicine. Finasteride may affect prostate-specific antigen (PSA) tests used to screen for prostate cancer. The medication lowers PSA levels, which causes lower than normal readings. Any rise in PSA levels when taking finasteride should be evaluated for prostate cancer.
It is a similar medicine to finasteride, but may be more effective. Dutasteride became available for the treatment of prostate enlargement (benign prostatic hypertrophy or BPH) in North America in January 2003 under the trade name Avodart. Dutasteride is an oral medication that blocks the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the hormone largely responsible for prostate enlargement and for male pattern baldness. Both dutasteride and finasteride produce a rapid decrease in serum DHT concentration. Lowering DHT appears to inhibit the miniaturization (shrinking) of affected hair follicles and helps restore miniaturized hair follicles to re-grow visible hair.
A hair transplant is the most invasive and expensive treatment for hair loss. Hair transplants work by removing hair from areas of the scalp that have active hair growth and transplanting them to thinning or balding areas of your scalp. This can cause minor scarring and possibly, infection. The procedure usually requires multiple sessions. The advantages of a hair transplant are that it looks more natural and it’s permanent.
Baldness often carries negative connotations. Guys losing hair on the top of their heads look just as, if not more, distinguished than guys with a full
head of hair. How you pull it off is all in the approach. While some guys will fight endlessly to cover up their problem area, others will simply embrace the situation with hairstyles for male-pattern baldness. A little self-confidence and a great-looking haircut can go a long way. So, look for a stylist that can give you a suitable hair cut, for instance, a messy’do, faux hawk,close shave, buzz cut or a textured crop. These are the most common haircuts among celebrities who suffer from hair loss.
You may have trouble accepting your appearance. If you experience anxiety, low self-esteem, depression, or other emotional problems, it would be better if you seek some counselling.